The story of prolific composer Bill Popp can best be summarized with three words: Perseverance, dedication and determination. For over 25 years, power popster, garage rocker, City of New York plumber, and quadruple heart by-pass survivor Bill Popp has had a dedicated cult following in the New York rock club scene – especially for his legendary performances at CBGB from 1981 to its closing last year, where the Queens native also was venue owner Hilly Kristal's longtime plumber.
Popp has been tagged "the downtown Elton John" (Boston Phoenix) and a "master songwriter" (New York Press), with a personality in peculiar contrast to his music. Regarded as well by the New York Daily News, New York Post, Village Voice and Newsday for both his relentless artistic and charitable achievements, Popp has amassed a song catalogue containing sensitive and introspective lyrics with melodies reflecting a keen sense for distinctive power pop melodies, and catchy hooks which simply rock.
Bill Popp And The Tapes' long-awaited new CD, My Lonely Mind – their first since Popp's return from open-heart surgery – is the fourth collection of songs written and produced by Bill Popp. The band includes: Bill Popp on lead and backing vocals, keyboards, and percussion; Gerry Barnas on guitar, whistling, backing vocals, lead vocals on and composer of "I See Your Face"; Roger Foster on drums, percussion and backing vocals, and Mary Noecker on bass and "visuals."